Our Exceptional Urologist
Y. Mark Hong, M.D. is a Phoenix native, Board-certified urologist specializing in minimally invasive surgery at Arizona State Urology, a division of Ironwood Cancer Centers. Dr. Hong has been featured on WebMD, ABC, CBS, Fox News, NBC, PBS, 3-TV, KTAR-radio and the Arizona Republic.
Upon graduating summa cum laude from Rice University with a 4.0 GPA, Dr. Hong attended Stanford University School of Medicine where he received several awards and research fellowships in areas as diverse as prostate cancer and tissue engineering with artificial nerve grafts. Dr. Hong also published a case study through Harvard Business School Press for Stanford and Harvard Business Schools' curriculums.
Dr. Hong completed his general surgery training at the world-renowned Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and his urological surgery residency at Harvard Medical School. While at Harvard, Dr. Hong was selected as a national CaPSURE scholar, a prestigious research fellowship which allowed him to lead projects with world-leading scientists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and University of California San Francisco. His research on prostate cancer and the fear of cancer recurrence remains one of the first works of its kind in the published literature.
Dr. Hong then completed a robotic and minimally invasive surgery fellowship at George Washington University in Washington, DC with particular attention to robotic prostate and kidney surgery as well as advanced kidney stone surgery.
He was internationally recognized as an expert in minimally invasive surgery by the Endourological Society in Munich, Germany 2009. Dr. Hong has first-authored publications in almost every major international urological journal from prostate cancer detection to bladder cancer to health care policy. His latest presentations regarding Greenlight™ laser for BPH in the office are among the first in the world. Dr. Hong is a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology.
A classically trained violinist and Tae-Kwon-Do black belt, Dr. Hong cherishes balance in his life by golfing, writing music, marathoning and supporting multiple local causes. Dr. Hong is a founding Board member and the Medical Advisor to Pro-State Foundation, an organization launched by Arizona Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall to support families with prostate cancer. He is also active with the Phoenix Symphony and serves on the Board of the Physicians for the Phoenix Symphony. Dr. Hong also enjoys mentoring local Phoenix students and is a founding member and Vice President of the Arizona Korean American Medical Association as well as Board member of Asian Pacific Communities in Action. Most of all, Dr. Hong enjoys his time with his wife and newborn baby daughter.
Dr. Hong's practice principles are integrity, respect and compassion. Dr. Hong was the first surgeon in the Southwestern United States to pioneer Greenlight™ laser technology to perform TURP for BPH in the office as well as the first in Phoenix to perform "scarless" single incision laparoscopic kidney removal through the belly button. Having also trained in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine in Beijing, China, Dr. Hong brings an open yet scientific philosophy to his urological practice. Dr. Hong is an integrative medicine fellow with Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona. Dr. Hong is proud to return and practice in the community of his childhood.
Dr. Hong introduces his practice, and discusses his holistic approach to care.